Daniel Richter (born 1962 in Lütjenburg, Germany) is famed for his large-scale figurative paintings. At first glance his oil canvases are evocative of classical history paintings, however the intense, vivid colors and contemporary themes, often drawn from contemporary media or cinematography, ensure Richter’s works are never out-dated. A recurring feature of the artist’s oeuvre is the notion of thermal imagery or X-ray view, a reminder… Read more
About the artwork
Inspired by the iconography of medieval torture, Richter's Untitled works feature an unusual pairing of the lurid and the naïve. Victims, masked in expressions that recall Edvard Munch's The Scream or a grim take on the smiley faces of popular culture, are stretched over spiked wheels, crushed by giant presses, and dangled over fires. The gruesome acts take place in an idyllic pastoral landscape of the artist's creation, paired with light affectionate and seemingly out-of-place elements such as the monumental monochrome birds that add to the black humor of the scene.